Officials ignored concerns from citizens

Why does it come as such a great surprise that areas of ecological concern are bulldozed in favor of economic development? We’re referencing, of course, the uproar concerning the trees being taken down along Myricks Fork for the preparation of Snohomish Station Retail Center.

The residents of Wilkshire Lane, who border this area, have voiced our concerns via calls, e-mails and City Council meetings since last summer.

Moreover, we contacted the Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as a city planner, to alert them of the seasonal stream activity we regularly witness. At all levels of government, there seemed to be little to no interest in acknowledging that there may be other facets to this development that need to be cautiously explored.

Was this “blind eye” the result of myopic city planners who only see big tax revenue down the road? One wonders if there was the underlying fear that should parameters be raised, the developers would run? Are we really that desperate? For the people who live in this area, we cherish Snohomish’s rural qualities, which are in essence its appeal.

Let’s make one thing clear – we don’t fault the developer as it is in their nature to make use of every square foot of space. It was our government who failed us by not providing the proper checks and balances as would be expected.

Cheryl Sigua

Hilary Melander

Snohomish

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